This is could become an idea to have the patch catalogue filters support the sub-category selections
Have you tried removing the unwanted products under the "Microsoft Windows Server 2003" category yourself ?
As I'm sure that is all BMC support would do in this case
i tried in my little 8.5 Beta environment and it works really nice.
I took several editions away and ran a CUJ.
What happens is that all the unnecessary Bulletins/Hotfixes are then flagged as Irrelevant and appear in the according Smart-Group.
So technically i see now reason why this should not be done so far.
Additions should be BMC's responsibility, but I think it is unfair to expect BMC to do the removals for all customers, the requirements could be different across the board.
Perhaps a documented supported approach to do this if required, and maybe followed by a change to the product filters to allow more granular selection.
I'm absolutely fine with that.
I just wanna make sure we are not left behind alone in case we have any issues.
So yes, this should be either manageable from the Patch-Catalog filters, or we should have a documented guide on how to do that.
Jim Wilson as you seem to be the maintainer of the product_categories for BSA.
Would be interested in your feedback on that topic.
I have opened up an internal discussion to see how we can improve this area.
For now, feel free to edit use any override file you may have - but it will be at your own risk, and as always, should be tested thoroughly :-), and if in doubt, log a ticket with support and they will assist with your specific requirements.
My personal end goal would be a new dialog from the PGC that provides a full configuration selection wizard for including/excluding product categories and/or products, and a syntax-verified method for adding new entries.
That would take some time, so meanwhile, anything that makes it easier to make/modify the override file manually right now will be an improvement.
I'll come back and update this thread with any news.
Great that sounds like we have a plan :-)
The configuration around the filters definitely needs to be improved, if BSA is considered as an Enterprise Patch tool.